A Personal Note from Allison:
Most of my clients seek me out because they do not think they are large enough to have the need for an in-house Human Resources expert – and bring me in on an “as needed” basis. What they often find surprising are the things they didn’t realize they did not know about the people-side of their business – including their responsibilities. I always like to ask them…Is Your Business at Risk?
You have built your business. You have a great product or service. Marketing and Sales are both in place, working the customer funnel. You have hired employees to do the tasks that need doing. Life is good. Until it isn’t. A problem has erupted with a group of employees who are not getting along. Or an employee has announced that the workplace is unsafe, and they won’t continue to do the job they are tasked with. There are productivity issues, attitude issues, performance issues…which all can have a negative impact on your bottom line.
Perhaps there are no issues. Everything is running smoothly. You have no people issues. But – are you aware of your responsibilities with respect to your employees? This is another area where risk resides.
The best way to figure out if your business is at risk, is to have a Human Resources Audit done on your business. These are done by Human Resources professionals, who will look at all aspects of your business that touch on your employees, from the beginning of the employment cycle through to the end.
A good Human Resources Audit will highlight the things you are doing well, bring to light the areas in which you are exposed (from a Human Rights perspective, an Employment Standards perspective, etc.), and provide a detailed action plan on what can be done eliminate the risk(s) and reduce the worry. Depending on the size of your company, this process can take anywhere from three hours to two or three days.
Many Human Resources professionals will do an HR Audit at no (or low) cost, as it is an introduction for the HR professional to your business. It is an opportunity for you to see how they work and allow you to determine if you would like to work with them on future projects. It is also a win for the HR professional, who gains insight into your business through the audit process. A non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement is always a good idea to build into this process.
A Human Resources Audit can provide a lot of insight, and the opportunity to tighten up your processes, and protect the business you worked so hard to build.
So, I have to ask – is your business at risk?
These are a few ways a Human Resources professional can help your business. Still think you don’t need it?
I invite you to connect with me, to learn more on this topic, and how I can help you with Human Resources in your workplace.